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Metal / Re: Classical in Audiofile
« on: July 04, 2013, 07:22:55 AM »
Debussy is definitely essential. Specifically, the recordings by Walter Gieseking:


Debussy is one of the first composers to take piano music away from the formal structure and conventional harmony it had been using for the hundreds of years prior.

Metal / Re: Classical in Audiofile
« on: June 30, 2013, 07:23:51 PM »
Also, for specific Scarlatti recordings, I highly recommend Anthony Newman's "best of" CD as a starting point:


That is the CD that originally won me over as a Scarlatti fan.

There are recordings that encompass Scarlatti's entire output for harpsichord, but they are much pricier since you're talking about 550+ pieces:


So I recommend starting with Newman's "best of" CD then going for one of the complete collections later on if you're interested.

Metal / Re: Classical in Audiofile
« on: June 29, 2013, 09:32:33 PM »
Scarlatti is definitely worth keeping. His keyboard sonatas are as good as Bach's and Mozart's work on the keyboard.

Just make sure to listen to Scarlatti's sonatas on a harpsichord, because they lose quite a bit of what makes them great when played on a piano.

Metal / Re: The Chasm
« on: May 29, 2013, 10:21:25 PM »
A review of Deathcult I wrote back in 2010:

Rating: B-

Like a crop nearing harvest, Deathcult for Eternity: The Triumph shows The Chasm at a developmental stage in their career, green and budding with potential, yet still unfit for consumption.

Awkward vocals display a youthful fascination with high-pitched wails; drums lack the detail and precision of later albums; a garage-band production saps much of the group's energy with its flat, guitar-dominant mix.

Deathcult For Eternity's immature compositions are largely overshadowed by the taller, fuller-shaped form the band displays in 2002ís Conjuration of the Spectral Empire, as multiple cheap fade-out endings and dull weed-like riffs encumber the record's few scattered flowerings.

I still agree with that assessment of the album.

Conjuration is The Chasm's peak performance.

Their most recent CD, Farseeing, is a bit over-indulgent.

Interzone / The "Busy" Trap
« on: April 02, 2013, 10:07:21 PM »

Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day. I canít help but wonder whether all this histrionic exhaustion isnít a way of covering up the fact that most of what we do doesnít matter.

Interesting that most of the user comments to this New York Times article are defensive and negative.

Cue D.R.I.'s "Money Stinks"

Interzone / Re: Suggestions
« on: April 01, 2013, 11:59:10 AM »
In the 4x7 "Metal Reviews" side column there is a blank space after "0."

Perhaps that blank space could be filled with an "All" hyperlink that lists all the reviews on one page for easier navigation of the review archive.

Metal / Re: WTF happened to Amorphis?
« on: August 27, 2012, 04:11:40 PM »
Privilege of Evil was pretty much their peak. That's the album I always go to when I want to hear something from Amorphis.

They started to get real fruity after the first couple of songs on Tales From The Thousand Lake. The second half of that album is like Iron Maiden trying to play death metal. Just dumb circus music.

Metal / Re: What seperates good metal from the rest?
« on: August 09, 2012, 08:19:30 PM »
Or, if it is to refer to "problems of the day", approaching the subject from a metaphorical standpoint definitely makes things more interesting.

Dead Kennedys are one of the best punk bands because they have the ability to criticize society via satire and metaphor. Most punks are just jocks with piercing and tattoos.

It doesn't surprise me that Slayer was into Dead Kennedys.

Metal / Master - "The New Elite"
« on: August 08, 2012, 04:27:50 PM »

This is out to buy in Europe and available to steal on the Internet, but it's not out for sale in America yet.

Anyway, it's pretty ****ing punishing musically. The vocals are the only real let down. I'm not digging the new "Macho Man Randy Savage" vocal style. Master continues to release excellent old style death metal records.

Metal / Re: Interview with Euronymous, Beat Magazine, 1993
« on: July 25, 2012, 08:09:23 PM »
Good times, great oldies.

Metal / Re: Ceremonium "Dreams We Have Written" coming in May 2012
« on: June 16, 2012, 08:35:20 PM »
Man, Into The Autumn Shade has been hard as hell to find for years now.

May have to get this just for that.

Metal / Re: Morbid Saint re-releasing first two albums + live DVD
« on: May 18, 2012, 08:49:35 PM »
I heard that the discs are actually CD-Rs instead of being factory pressed CDs.

I wonder how well these CDs will hold up physically over time since CD-Rs decay at a fast rate.

Metal / Re: Post-1995 metal doesn't suck anymore
« on: April 15, 2012, 11:17:13 AM »
Good list. Though I would take Spastic Ink's "Ink Complete" over anything else Ron Jarzombek's done.

Metal / Re: On Symphonic Black Metal and what really jerks my chain...
« on: April 15, 2012, 11:15:21 AM »
Summoning would probably be the best at it.

I'm also fond of Limbonic Art's "The Moon In The Scorpio."

Metal / Re: Goreaphobia
« on: April 07, 2012, 04:39:01 PM »
I saw these guys live with Master a few years back.

They were energetic and their songs were fairly straightforward.

I wouldn't mind seeing them live again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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